VITA Technologies E-letter - July 2015

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E-letter July 2015
Solving DO-178C design challenges with SCADE model-based tools
By Ansys, Inc.
Verification efforts when developing Safety Critical Software often exceed 60% or more of the total cost of the project when addressing DO-178C level A applications.
Evolving embedded computing platforms keep VME viable and virtually future-proof
By Vincent Chuffart, Kontron
VME continues its high standing as one of the leading architectures for military systems. The popular standard is bolstered by a large installed base that repeatedly demonstrates its rugged reliability in mission-critical settings. SBC solutions that incorporate the latest processor and FPGA technologies are supporting the longevity of VME and overcoming obsolescence and bandwidth concerns. These new boards maintain compatibility while offering an effective migration path, keeping VME in its trusted status for tech refresh and system upgrades that don't break the bank.
VPX eyes new frontiers
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
Editorial Director Jerry Gipper describes how a recent visit to the Kennedy Space Center got him thinking about what a SpaceVPX system might look like in action.
SpaceVPX: Ready to launch
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
In April, VITA announced that VITA 78 SpaceVPX Systems had reached ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 78.00-2015. The working group dedicated to the development of VITA 78 completed the VITA and ANSI processes, reaching full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO). What is this new specification? What does it mean for the critical embedded computing industry? Let's take a look at how this specification originated.
AUVSI: Unmanned systems at the crossroads
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
AUVSI renames its Unmanned Systems show to acknowledge the market shift to encompass both military and commercial applications.
Product teardown: Maximizing functionality through dual-node processing
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
Aerospace and defense applications must support higher-bandwidth sensor input, more complex intersystem communications, and greater security for certain operations and related custom algorithms, all while contending with budget and schedule pressures. In addition to these broad challenges, application areas such as mission computing face the added difficulty of designing systems that meet restrictive size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints. Increasing function density within a current space envelope is a common way of addressing these challenges.
VITA Technology Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
Kim Clohessy, Eike Waltz, Tom Hall, PCI Mezzanine Cards, VME64, and 2eSST – ANSI/VITA 1.5-2003 (R2009) are this year's inductees into the VITA Technology Hall of Fame.
VITA Standards Organization activity updates
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
The Harris Corporation hosted the March VITA Standards Organization (VSO) meeting in Melbourne, Florida. After an especially harsh winter in the Northeast, several attendees arrived early and stayed for the weekend. Many were reluctant to return to the snow still on the ground. More than 40 people were in attendance to participate in status updates and several working group discussions. This update is based on the results of that meeting.
White Paper
Advantages and Benefits of OpenRFM
By Mercury Systems
OpenRFM proposes design, test, and control practices for interfacing RF and digital subsystems.
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Military Embedded Systems magazine
Counterfeit IC threat evolves with spread of clone parts
By John McHale, Editorial Director, Military Embedded Systems
The better government and industry get at detecting counterfeit parts, the better counterfeiters get at fooling detection techniques, especially today with remanufactured or cloned parts adding to the threat. They are an imminent threat as they can permeate military systems, from fighter jets to nuclear submarines, and cause catastrophic failures.
SECTION: New Products
Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Artesyn Embedded Technologies Launches New COTS Fail-Safe System Designed to be Certified to SIL4 for Train Control and Rail Signaling
Highland Technology
VME PCI Express Crate Controller for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory applications
Aitech Defense Systems
SBCs and General Purpose Processors
Innovative Integration
Address servo & control applications with the FMC-Servo
FMC Module w/(8) 16-bit
500 kSPS A/D Channels
(8) 16-bit D/A Channels with onboard PLL
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Elma Electronic
Elma SureLock Expanding PCB Card Retainers
Leading-edge FMC and FPGA solutions – ADC & DAC, RF, multiple architectures
TEWS Technologies
Reconfigurable FPGA PMC with 64 TTL I/O / 32 Differential I/O
Extreme Engineering Solutions' XPedite7572 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Broadwell-H Based Conduction- or Air-Cooled 3U VPX-REDI Module with SecureCOTS™
Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Updated intelligent and standard 19 inch 1U slimline fan trays
Excalibur Systems
1553 USB/Ethernet Products
Pentek Introduces Industry's First FMC/VPX Carrier with Optical Backplane Interface
SECTION: Upcoming E-Casts.  An E-cast is a live webcast that may have a single or multiple vendors. E-cast events are used to educate audiences about a problem/solution, from the vendor's perspective. The presentation is typically 45 minutes in duration with a 15-minute moderated Q&A session.
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Managing Avionics Safety Certification for Unmanned Aircraft

July 28th 1:00 PM EDT
Presented by: CES, dSPACE, RTI

Keeping it Cool: Thermal Management Challenges in Embedded Military Electronics

September 24th 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Aavid Thermalloy, GE Intelligent Platforms, Isola Group, TE Connectivity
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